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NYPD, park goers clash in Washington Square Park park over curfew enforcement


New York City police clashed with Greenwich Village park goers Saturday night as officials tried to enforce the new 10 p.m. Washington Square Park curfew.

The early closure was triggered by complaints of noise, drugs, prostitution, brawls and other criminal activities after dark.

The mayor’s office put the curfew in effect on Friday evening.

Park visitors who refused to leave after the curfew was rolled back on officials who used physical violence to try to remove it showed videos on social media.

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“Hell no! We won’t go!” some sang when police said the park was closed.

Police used pepper spray to disperse the crowd and some threw bottles at officers, and at one point a shirtless man threatened rioting officers with a broken bottle, independent photographer Leeroy Johnson reported. In the video, a woman appears to grab the man by the shoulder to pull him away from the officers.

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Police made multiple arrests, according to Johnson.

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